Man charged with drug delivery resulting in death in August fatal overdose

A man in Montgomery County was arrested and charged with drug delivery resulting in death after he sold drugs to a man who later died as a result in August 2017.

Ronald Brauning, 40, of Abington, was charged in the overdose death of Ronald Solomon of Hatfield on August 14, 2017.

Hatfield Township Police responded to a residence on August 14 at 2:25 a.m. They found an unresponsive man lying on the garage floor. Despite life-saving measures, Solomon later died at Abington Lansdale Hospital.

An investigation revealed that the night before, at around 9:20 p.m. on August 13, Brauning sold Solomon illegal drugs including fentanyl and methamphetamine. After purchasing these drugs, Solomon returned home, ingested the drugs and died.

45 minutes after Solomon's overdose death, Brauning was arrested in an unrelated incident for possession with intent to deliver and other drug-related charges. At the time of his arrest, Brauning was in possession of six zipper-sealed bags containing methamphetamine, heroin and a heroin-fentanyl mix.

Brauning has been in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility since his arrest.

An autopsy revealed that Solomon died from a combined drug intoxication of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Brauning is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter, and other related drug possession charges. He could be sentenced to up to 40 years.

"This is our first arrest for this charge in 2018, and mark my words, more arrests will be coming. As long as drug dealers continue to peddle their deadly poison in Montgomery County, our law enforcement personnel will seek to hold them accountable for these deaths," said Steele.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. on March 30.